I have had a huge crash course in social media since starting my new job in July. I have to say that I’ve gone from being very disturbed by what I thought it was to, to fascinated, to slightly obsessed. It seems so many parts of my life end up leading back to something that is somewhat related to social media.
I recently joined Facebook when I needed to be able to do some research on it to see if I could determine which student(s) had started a false page for one of our administrators. I have to admit that I was initially really creeped out by it. As a friend and I started started researching, I started an account while she ran to the restroom. I have to admit I didn’t even really know what Facebook was, much less how it was set up, until getting on the site. For those familiar with it, you know the sign-up is pretty quick and even before my friend was back from the restroom, I had a post on my page from my youngest brother, complete with a photo of my niece! Yikes-how did that happen? Well he has an iPhone and received a message notifying him that I had clicked on him as a friend. From the same iPhone, he sent a text and photo to my Facebook page through his Facebook account.
Here’s what I found initially creepy:
- the speed with which people can be connected-instantaneous!
- the content on some younger students’ Facebook pages
- the fact that the iPhone got around all the school’s filters since it is a wireless mobile device
- that I could tell that students were posting to their Facebook page from their phones during the school day, even though there is a policy against cell phone use during the day-my brain instantly went to all the naughty things students could do at school with Facebook, iPhone, etc.
- do I really want to be “friends” with someone if we knew each other twenty plus years ago-isn’t there something sociologically that thinks that you move on from different points in your life and not reliving them?
Here’s what I now find fascinating!
- That this blog can be linked to Facebook
- That I easily communicate (for Free! unless you count having the internet at home) in brief spurts with my brothers, my college roommate, friends from high school, or teachers from other schools-complete with photos of their children in almost “real-time”
- That I can find other KidLit bloggers, curriculum coordinators, teachers, moms, etc. who are like-minded through Twitter, JacketFlap, Facebook, Ning,…
- Now the NCTE site even has a social networking community of people who will be attending the conference in November